Collections Database Online
The Valdez Museum’s collection is indeed impressive for a museum of its size, consisting of approximately 75,000 objects, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts and other items. Thanks to a new service purchased by the Valdez Museum from Museum Software, you too can browse the museum’s collection from any computer or mobile device. Based on catalogued records in PastPerfect 5.0, the collection database software used by the Valdez Museum, PastPerfect Online allows users to search collection records of about 25,000 items in the collection. In mid-February 2015, the museum begun exporting the date and integrating it into the museum’s web site.
The collection database is designed to operate seamlessly with the web site, accessible through the Collections tab. The database is searchable by key words, biographical connections, and item category, or you can simply browse through randomly-selected records. The service is sure to be helpful for users doing historic research, photo orders, and anyone with an interest in Valdez’s rich history. Although the database does not represent the entirety of the museum collection, the database will be updated regularly as the museum’s ongoing cataloguing project continues.